Last year was all about rumors and reports of major smartphone OEMs struggling to integrate an in-display fingerprint scanner in their devices. This year though, that dream is going to turn into a reality and Vivo gave everyone a glimpse of it at CES 2018.
Synaptics today announced that it has started mass production of its optical in-display fingerprint sensor in association with ” a top five OEM” to bring its optical in-display fingerprint sensors. The company mentions in its press release that this fingerprint sensor is designed for use in smartphones with infinity displays.
ARM, the company’s which designs chips that power the majority of Android devices out there, today unveiled its latest flagship mobile processor design: Cortex-A75. The company says that its new flagship chip design boasts of a 22 percent improvement in performance over its predecessor, the Cortex-A73.
A year and a half ago, Corning showed off Project Phire which combined the strength of sapphire and the durability of Gorilla Glass into one. Today, the results of Project Phire have bore fruit in the form of Gorilla Glass SR+.
There are plenty of USB chargers available in the market, but not all of them work in the same manner. This only causes limited issues with devices that use a microUSB port, but with USB Type-C capable of carrying significantly higher current, this can lead to some serious issues. Like your USB Type-C smartphone unnecessarily heating up or burning themselves when charged with the wrong charger.
ARM today kicked off Computex 2016 by announcing its new Cortex Core and Mali GPU, the Cortex A73 and Mali-G71 GPU that are aimed at high-end smartphones and support mobile VR. The new Cortex core from the company is the successor to its A72 core that is up to 30 percent more efficient than any of the company’s previous ARM cores.
After years of trying, Intel is finally ready to give up on the smartphone market. The company has sold its Atom chips to OEMs at very low prices, or in some cases, even paid the OEMs to use the chips in their smartphones.
With Apple reportedly ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of its own Lightning port on the iPhone 7, the industry has also started looking at alternatives. With USB Type-C replacing the popular microUSB port, smartphone OEMs are expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and, just like Apple, use one port for data, power and audio needs. LeEco gave us a look at the future with their recently unveiled smartphones — Le 2, Le2 Pro and Le Max 2 — that were devoid of a 3.5mm audio jack.
Xiaomi plans to use its own mobile AP (Application Processor) inside its upcoming budget smartphones. Dubbed Rifle, the company plans to unveil the chipset at its event on May 10th. The Chinese smartphone OEM is also expected to unveil the Mi Max, the Mi Band 2, and MIUI 8 at the event.
Unlike microUSB, USB Type-C is a more advanced port that can not only accept power and data, but also display signals and more. Due to its advanced specs, USB Type-C cables are more complex than a normal microUSB cable, and since USB Type-C is a relatively new connector, there are many cables available on Amazon and other popular ecommerce sites that are non-compliant with the Type-C specs.